Drake Doremus is a Hollywood film director and screenwriter. He was born in Orange (a city in Orange County of California), United States of America. Cherrie Kerr, his mother, was one of the founding members of the Theatre & School called The Groundlings in California. When Drake was six years old, he started learning improvisation onstage. When he was 17 years of age, he has written and directed five plays in the high school. Then, Drake and his best friend Jones bought a digital camera. After this, his passion for the film originated. Soon, he dropped out of the high school. He said he just wanted to write and direct; there was no time for subjects like chemistry and maths. He never applied for college. But, he has graduated in directing from American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. Drake, nineteen years old that time, was the youngest fellow ever accepted into the conservatory of American Film Institute (in Centre for Advanced Film and Television Studies). He still remembers that on his first day over there, everyone went for drinks in Los Feliz at Ye Rustic Inn, and he had to stay back at home because he was a minor. Drake has also taught a few semesters at Orange County High School of the Arts in California. His debut film as a writer and director was Moonpie in 2006. Moonpie was a romantic comedy between a principal and a teacher. Doremus’s next film was Spooner, which was again a love story.
He was again the writer and director of the movie. Spooner was premiered in 2009 at Slamdance Film Festival. It has won an award for Best Feature at some festivals. Drake won Achievement Award at Newport Beach Film Festival for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking for Spooner. Also, he won Jury Award at Sonoma Valley Film Festival for Best Lounge Feature. Spooner was then procured by Moving Pictures and then released at the beginning of the year 2011. Drake was also the director and writer of “Ten Thousand Years” music video. This music video was by Goddamn Electric Bill and was made public in 2009. Doremus’s next project as a director and writer was the movie Douchebag in the year 2010.
Douchebag made the world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2010 in the Dramatic Competition. It was then acquired by Red Dragon Releasing and released in 2010. Douchebag is a road movie black comedy in the backdrop of Los Angeles. Drake’s next movie was
Like Crazy in 2011 which was partially inspired by his life experiences. “Like Crazy” got debuted at the dramatic competition at Sundance. It is a story of a relation between two people (played by
Felicity Jones and
Anton Yelchin) who are forced apart in two different continents. The story is about push and pull of love, regret, and longing. Like crazy won many awards such as Golden Trailer Awards, Gotham Awards, Empire Awards, Award at Hamptons Film Festival, Award at Hollywood Film Festival, Grand Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival, and some more. Next, he directed and wrote the screenplay for the Hollywood’s first social film The Beauty Inside. The movie won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2013 for Outstanding New Approach to an Original Daytime Series/ Program. In 2013, his next film ‘
Breathe In’ was released. Breathe In was a romantic movie depicting feelings of love between a middle-aged married high school music teacher (Keith) and a foreign exchange student (Sophie) who is living at his house. Breathe In also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.
It also opened at EIFF- Edinburgh International Film Festival. Drake’s most recent project as a director is the movie
Equals. 'Equals' was premiered (at a global level) at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. It was premiered in North America at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. It is a science fiction and romantic drama releasing in July 2016 by the American distribution and production company A24. Drake has mainly written and directed love stories. His all time favorite love stories are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind of 2004, Breaking the Waves of 1996, Head- On of 2004, A Place in the Sun of 1951, and Harold and Maude of 1971. On his filmmaking art, he says, “Your instincts of what the moment is, is what makes a filmmaker.”